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Fukushima clean-up reduces radiation levels, but not all

Paris - Clean-up efforts at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, have significantly reduced radiation levels but untreated forested areas remain a problem, scientists said Thursday.

Japan govt ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban

Apo - A Tokyo court on Thursday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a transgender official who was refused use of the women's bathroom at work."The Tokyo district court ordered the accused to pay 1.

Japan funeral for 'hero' doctor slain in Afghanistan

Apo - Relatives and wellwishers paid tribute Wednesday to veteran doctor Tetsu Nakamura at his funeral in southern Japan, a week after he was killed in an ambush in Afghanistan.

Cherry blossoms prompt full-blown scandal for Japan's PM

Apo - It might be the most Japanese of political scandals: a furore over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's guest list at a party to mark the annual cherry blossom season.

Afghan mourners demand justice for slain Japanese 'hero'

Kabul - Distressed Afghans held vigils Thursday to mourn a beloved Japanese doctor who transformed barren swaths of eastern Afghanistan and spent decades caring for the sick, and to demand justice for his murder.

Japanese magazine ridiculed for 'Socrates' dating advice

Apo - A Japanese magazine that advised women to compliment men on their intelligence by saying "You sound like Socrates" has been ridiculed in the country ranked one of the world's worst for gender parity.

Japan drawings reveal little known side of Polish director Wajda

Krak - A new exhibition shows a little known side of the late Andrzej Wajda, who was not only an Oscar-winning Polish film and theatre director but also a lifelong visual artist with a love of Japan.

Nakamura: Japan doctor who devoted his life to Afghanistan

Apo - Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura, killed Wednesday in an attack in Afghanistan, devoted 35 years of his life to healing Afghans and Pakistanis and eventually became an honorary citizen of his adopted home.

Japanese doctor who helped Afghans for decades among six killed in attack

Kabul - A Japanese doctor whose long career was dedicated to helping some of Afghanistan's poorest people was among six people killed Wednesday in an attack in the east of the country, officials said.

Tencent, Nintendo to launch Switch console in China

Shanghai - Chinese internet giant Tencent and gaming titan Nintendo on Wednesday announced plans to launch the Japanese company's popular Switch console in China from next week.

Pope to list nuclear weapons as immoral in Catholic manual

Pope Francis announced on Tuesday he would declare the use and possession of nuclear weapons "immoral" in the Catholic Church's official manual, after visiting the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where atomic bombs were dropped during World W...

Zombies, brollies and happis: Key moments of pope's Japan trip

Apo - Pope Francis has wanted to visit Japan since he was a young missionary and his trip was filled with emotion and memorials -- but also some lighthearted moments.

Pope leaves Japan after nuclear-dominated trip

Apo - Pope Francis left Japan Tuesday, bringing to an end a long-desired visit marked by messages on atomic power and weapons as he comforted survivors of nuclear bombings and accidents.

'Thankful for life': Japan disaster survivors meet pope

Apo - Survivors of Japan's so-called "triple disaster", the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, told Pope Francis on Monday they were "thankful for being given life" and urged solidarity with victims.

'A friendly hand': pope urges more help for Fukushima victims

Apo - Pope Francis on Monday urged renewed help for victims of Japan's 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima disaster, warning "nobody can start over alone" as he noted "concern" over nuclear power.

Hiroshima survivors tell pope of attack 'hell'

Yokogawa - Survivors of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima told Pope Francis on Sunday of the "scene of hell" after the bombing, as the pontiff hit out against the use of the weapons.

In Hiroshima, pope assails 'crime' of nuclear weapons

Nagasaki - Pope Francis Sunday described the use of nuclear bombs as "a crime", as he took his appeal for an end to atomic weapons to Hiroshima in an emotional meeting with survivors.

Ageing Japan bomb survivors back pope's anti-nukes call

Nagasaki - Kenji Hayashida thought about committing suicide in the years after an atomic bomb was dropped on his hometown of Nagasaki.On Sunday he will hear Pope Francis call there for a world without nuclear weapons, a message 81-year-old supports passionately.

Pope heads to Nagasaki, Hiroshima to preach anti-nuclear gospel

Apo - Pope Francis visits Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Sunday to preach the dangers of nuclear weapons against the backdrop of two cities uniquely associated with the devastation of the atomic bomb.

South Korea, Japan seek summit after intel pact thaw

Nagoya - Japan and South Korean foreign ministers agreed Saturday to arrange a summit between their leaders next month, seeking to build on a lowering of tensions after Seoul stuck to a key military pact.

Pope Francis kicks off Japan trip with call for nuclear disarmament

Apo - Pope Francis on Saturday issued a call for nuclear disarmament as he arrived on a long-awaited trip to Japan, which will take in visits to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, targets of the "catastrophic" atomic bomb.

Pope Francis to pay tribute to Japan's 'Hidden Christians'

Apo - When Pope Francis visits the Japanese city of Nagasaki, he will pay tribute to a sometimes forgotten population of so-called "hidden Christians" who clung to their faith for centuries despite brutal persecution.

South Korea salvages military pact with Japan at 11th hour

Seoul - South Korea decided Friday against scrapping a critical military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, in a dramatic 11th-hour U-turn that came as a relief to the United States.

Calls to abolish death penalty in Japan as Francis visit looms

Apo - On the eve of a visit by Pope Francis to Japan, activists called Friday on the government to declare a moratorium on executions as part of an Olympic truce to mark Tokyo 2020.

Bailed Ghosn speaks to wife after Japan court permission

Apo - Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn spoke to his wife for the first time in eight months on Friday, his spokesman said, after a Tokyo court lifted a ban on contact between the pair.

Robochef: Sony cooks up new AI unit for food revolution

Apo - Cooking robots and tastier recipes: Japanese electronics giant Sony on Wednesday launched a new artificial intelligence unit they hope will change the way we cook and eat.

Abe: political heir with skill for surviving scandal

Apo - Shinzo Abe, who became Japan's longest-serving premier on Wednesday, was groomed for politics from birth and has cemented his power with shrewd diplomacy, unwavering nationalism, and a knack for surviving scandal.

2,887 days: Abe becomes Japan's longest-serving premier

Apo - Shinzo Abe entered the history books as Japan's longest-serving premier on Wednesday, but many of his ambitious goals, including a constitutional revision to strengthen the military, appear far from reach.

Pope to Asia in search of Buddhist ties, nuclear arms ban

Rome - Pope Francis departed Rome on Tuesday for Thailand and Japan, majority Buddhist countries where the Jesuit pontiff is to plead for interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament.

Pope to Hiroshima on mission against 'immoral' nuclear weapons

Vatican City - Pope Francis, who years ago hoped to be a missionary in Japan, travels to the sites of the world's only atomic attacks this week seeking a ban on "immoral" nuclear weapons.
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